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Comment: Pleasantly surprised (Score 1) 296

by Braedley (#42008389) Attached to: GOP Brief Attacks Current Copyright Law
Although I'm not sure which is more surprising: the fact that this was written by a member of the government (or at least an aide to such a member), the fact that it came from the Republicans, or the fact that the chair of the committee that drafted it is basically completely opposite to me, politically. With any luck, at least some others will look at it and take it seriously.

Comment: Re:War of 1812 is an odd example (Score 1) 248

by Braedley (#41779621) Attached to: Wikipedia Is Nearing "Completion"
Took the words right out of my mouth. I would be very surprised if view counts didn't return to say 2010 levels in several months, after the recognition of this historical event subsides. A more appropriate candidate may have been the US War for Independence or the Boer Wars, as it isn't an important anniversary year for either.

Comment: Re:Checkout PostGIS (Score 1) 316

by Braedley (#38720918) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source vs Proprietary GIS Solution?
I'm with ^. We use Postgres in association with dynamic location data and haven't had any major issues. We haven't integrated PostGIS, but have definitely contemplated it, as it would make many of our queries an order of magnitude easier to write and (at least from what I hear) wouldn't compromise on speed when post query filtering is also accounted for. The only reason we haven't done it is that we haven't had the time and budget to make sure it was bullet proof, and we've been able to make do without the finer control offered by PostGIS. I believe another project in my office has been using PostGIS, and as far as I can tell, it's been paying off for them. While we're generally happy with a flat earth NW to SE bounding box, this other project needs much finer control for determining if a point is within an area.

Comment: Old age (Score 1) 317

by Braedley (#37239814) Attached to: I've lost more computers to ...
The only computer I can really say I've lost was an Intel P4 from when I started University. One Thanksgiving after graduating, the fan on the Radeon 9800 went, causing the card to overheat and fail, taking the motherboard with it. She was a good little secondary machine, filling the roles of mythbuntu machine and server machine well while she was alive.

Comment: Wind and rain, but not worried (Score 1) 147

by Braedley (#37227248) Attached to: I am preparing for Hurricane Irene ...
The projected track puts Irene about 500km (300 miles) to the northwest of me, so I'll get lots of wind, lots of rain, but no serious storm surge here. Also, it'll have been downgraded to below hurricane strength half a day to a day before it hits here. The worst that'll happen here is loss of power or water coming in through my crappy window sills.

Comment: Re:Restricted doesn't mean anything (Score 1) 187

by Braedley (#36844942) Attached to: Anonymous Releases Restricted NATO Document
What should be done and what is done are two completely different things. The only real requirements for storing Restricted documents is that they be stored in "secured areas". I work for a defence contractor. If I have physical possession of Restricted documents (I don't, and I rarely would), I would only need to place them in my desk drawer at the end of the day since the office meets the requirements to store material that's classified higher than that. They don't need to be in a safe, or even in a locked filing cabinet. Consider that (at least in Canada), an Access to Information request can get you many restricted documents (albeit usually with an attached NDA), and you see that Restricted documents aren't all that special.

Comment: Re:Island only accessible by boat.. (Score 1) 270

by Braedley (#36594978) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mobile Data In Canada For a US Citizen?
Actually, my cell coverage is pretty darn good, for someone "out east". It's piss poor inside my office, but that's to be expected. Otherwise, I have a full 3G connection between where I live, and where I spend my weekends in the summer weekends several hours away. Okay, that's a bit of a lie, as the 3G will sometimes drop out on the road, but I can't complain about the coverage here.

Comment: Back in 2022? (Score 1) 183

by Braedley (#36573314) Attached to: Asteroid To Pass Near Earth On Monday
How about we wait to calculate the next closest approach until after it's left Earth's gravity well. I know our understanding of spatial dynamics is pretty much complete (between Newton and Kepler, we have almost all the knowledge we need), but we've only known about this thing for, what, 3 days? Also, there's the whole "Orbital predictions indicate that its flight path will be significantly altered by this close approach" thing, which tells me we aren't 100% sure which way this thing will be leaving our neighbourhood. I don't want to be thinking that we won't be seeing this thing until 2022 when it comes a knocking in 2020.

Comment: Of course the results aren't impartial (Score 0) 193

by Braedley (#34388322) Attached to: Google Faces EU Probe Over Doped Search Results

If Google has a product that the user is searching for, you don't have to be a genius to realize that they're going to promote it in their search results. Is it anti-competitive? Probably. Does it make good business sense? Definitely. Is it a little bit evil? Maybe. I think the crux of the situation is that they're not demoting competing products (a search for "map quest" returns mapquest.com as the top result, Google maps is just above the wikipedia entry), but rather promoting their own products.

Now to fully address Foundem's complaint, a did a search for "shopping" on google.co.uk, which according to Mr.Raff, should place Foundem high in the results. The usual suspects were returned, most of them .co.uk versions of popular websites. Google's own shopping site wasn't on the first page, but rather the second, and Foundem was nowhere to be seen. Did Google demote Foundem out of anti-competitive desires? I think the more likely answer is that Google promoted their shopping site above what would (I suspect) be a normal page three or four result.

Comment: Re:Central Canada? (Score 1) 560

by Braedley (#32672746) Attached to: 5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England
Hell, to Atlantic Canadians, Ontario and Quebec is Eastern Canada, and we're east of that! Manitoba and Saskatchewan (and Alberta depending on who you ask) is Central Canada. Sometimes, on rare occasions, Northern Ontario (the place of snow and rock. There are 13 people who live there. All of whom are named Frank. Even the girl. (Cookie for whoever gets the reference)) will be lumped in with Central Canada. Never, ever, will Quebec be considered Central Canada by any Maritimer or Newfie.

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